Toward the end of Goliath Catfish, Albert, one of the young protagonists of this adventure tale notes that he has "become accustomed to bad things hapToward the end of Goliath Catfish, Albert, one of the young protagonists of this adventure tale notes that he has "become accustomed to bad things happening when good things arrived." This line encapsulates the dangerous journey of Albert and Elijah, two unlikely friends as they hunt for treasure. Author Scott T. Gill develops characters that are multi-dimensional and engaging. His plot is fast-paced and a little bit gruesome!!! - enter the rats and the skeletons! While this tale is written for a younger audience, Gill's prose is engaging and his subject matter appeals to an older audience. His plot is full of both biblical and literary allusions that make the story meaningful for readers of all ages. Goliath Catfish is a story about the power of friendship and individual interpretations of heroism. It's a book worth reading....more
Recently, a fan of my Legend of Mickey Tussler series sent me an email telling me about a book that she was certain I would love. In light of the factRecently, a fan of my Legend of Mickey Tussler series sent me an email telling me about a book that she was certain I would love. In light of the fact that my Tussler series centers around the Milwaukee Brewers (minor league affiliate of the Boston Braves) in the late 1940’s, she figured that so much of what I had written (although largely fictionalized) was germane to the history presented in the artfully written book Bushville Wins!: The Wild Saga of the 1957 Milwaukee Braves and the Screwballs, Sluggers, and Beer Swiggers Who Canned the New York Yankees and Changed Baseball. To say she was correct is a colossal understatement.
Klima’s book is one of the best I have read in a long time. It is compelling, entertaining, and utterly irresistible. Mr. Klima does a stellar job in presenting the myriad personalities of the various players on this storied Braves team, including high profile names like Warren Spahn (who makes a cameo appearance in my first Mickey Tussler novel), Lew Burdette, Bob Buhl, and Eddie Matthews. Klima further delights the reader with vivid, anecdotal accounts of various baseball scenes that are both endearing and entertaining. His style is fresh and crisp and his approach to this special period in Milwaukee baseball history, including of course the 1957 World Series, is wonderfully refreshing.
Post WWII is a wonderful period in history, and baseball seemed to thrive during this epoch. The charm that many cities possessed at this juncture, Milwaukee included, make for wonderful backdrops to a variety of stories. This is the reason that I selected Milwaukee as the setting for my Mickey Tussler novels. What is more inviting than a tiny metropolis dotted here and there with bakeries, tiny shops and breweries? And of course, plenty of hard working, salt of the earth denizens who just love their baseball!
This was the perfect place for my character Mickey to thrive and of course as Klima suggests, the perfect place to refute the erroneous belief that Milwaukee was “Bushville” and certainly not ready for major league baseball.
This is truly a remarkable work - -a deft amalgamation of ingenuity and baseball lore -- one that is a must for not only Milwaukee baseball fans but for baseball fans everywhere.
R.A. Dickey’s stirring memoir “Wherever I Wind Up” is an intriguing reminder that baseball is, to many folks, so much more than just a whimsical gameR.A. Dickey’s stirring memoir “Wherever I Wind Up” is an intriguing reminder that baseball is, to many folks, so much more than just a whimsical game that possesses only recreational appeal. For many of us, baseball is therapeutic or at times even a haven in which we remain, protected from all that threatens to harm us, until the tumultuous tide of our lives has finally ceased to batter us and toss us about.
Mr. Dickey is not just another athlete; he is a wonderful amalgamation of athletic prowess and soul and engaging intellect. More noteworthy is his tale, one that is inspirational on many levels. He teaches us that even in our darkest hours, there is hope. And that hope can be found many times on a baseball diamond, where there is order and structure that is lacking elsewhere.
From the horrors of abuse as a child, to the crushing disappointment of an injury that all but eradicated his dream forever, R.A. Dickey persevered. This wonderful story of resiliency and redemption is one to which all folks can relate, not just baseball junkies. I suppose that I have such an affinity for this story because of the series I have written. The Legend of Mickey Tussler, although fiction, tells a similar tale. For those of you not familiar with my Mickey Tussler series (The Legend of Mickey Tussler and the sequel Sophomore Campaign), the novels chronicle the coming of age of young Mickey Tussler – a pitching phenom with Asperger’s syndrome, a form of autism.
Mickey’s struggle for acceptance on a minor league baseball team during the 1940s helps to shape a story about overcoming obstacles, self-discovery, and the human condition.
As we begin the second half of the baseball season, perhaps we should remain mindful that so many of our baseball idols are not impervious to the awful vicissitudes of life that plague the rest of us. In fact, many of these “chosen ones” who are not nearly as articulate as R.A. Dickey suffer in silence, with the ballpark serving as their only refuge.
I’m quite certain that R.A. Dickey’s telling of his story was cathartic for him, as is all good writing. However, let us not diminish for a second the value it continues to have for the general public -- “regular folks” who are looking for guidance and inspiration wherever they can find it -- yes, even on the baseball field. ...more